prisoner106: Book Cover Assignment

Although my favorite writer of books about TV shows is the inimitable Peggy Herz of “All About Rhoda” and “The Truth About Fonzie” fame, Paul W. Fairman, of the Partridge Family novels, is a close second. He also wrote pulp Science Fiction and novelizations of the “That Girl” TV series. We would order such books from the Scholastic Bookclub at school. I read three Partridge Family novels in a row one summer in the 5th grade, and afterwards, I think I was the youngest person in my grammar school to be filled with a sense of existential dread and a horrible fore-boding about the fate of humanity. Later that year, they re-elected Nixon. I was upset. I was sent home from school for writing his name on my desk in pencil with the “x” in his name drawn as a swastika. I dedicate this assignment to Mr. Fairman and the gang at Miller Street School.


I used the GIMP editor and matched fonts and colors as closely as a could to the period.

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6 Responses to prisoner106: Book Cover Assignment

  1. David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman – posters all over my bedroom walls!

    A little scary seeing them with No. 6. 🙂

    Good effect of matching the color palette tones of the characters and adding the Village in the background – hardly noticed it was not original at first.
    You could try the color replacement tool over the erased part of the title to even out the tone of the background. Or sometimes I use the eye drop and make a box to put the text in that matches…
    Great choice on the font matches!

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  3. iamTalkyTina says:

    Well hello, Mr. Geoff.

    It was an interesting experience to see your post this evening and have it trigger a bit of a memory for me. PTSD-inducing thoughts have never really been a problem for me (well, most of the time, anyway) but every once in a while something resurfaces and I have to look back and process it and enjoy the gratitude I have today with all of my True Friends.

    Anyway, when I read about the Partridge Family Meets The Prisoner, I just had to do one of those dives back into the past and confirm that I am good now with all of that stuff. You can read about it on my blog post that I wrote called, “Danny Was a Smooth Talker,” and you can see the picture and understand for yourself.

    Well, that is probably enough about this for now.

    I will be seeing you later!


    PS — If you are thinking about applying to become a True Friend of me, you can fill out my web form and then wait for it to be processed. If you get accepted, I will make you your very own web badge.

    Bye again.

  4. iamTalkyTina says:

    Oops. I didn’t make a link to my post for you to click. Here it is:

    “Danny Was a Smooth Talker.”

    Well, bye again!

  5. Melanie says:

    L. O. L.

    Having never read any of the Partridge Family novels, I have to ask what it was about them that filled you with existential dread and a sense of fore-boding. Were they poorly written, or did the Partridges hold questions about life and the universe that you had not considered? If so, what were those questions?

    And what is the truth about Fonzie?

    I hope the Partridge Family sneaks No. 6 out on their tour bus.

  6. Geoff Cain says:

    Existential dread might be a little strong, but I was reading these books that I thought I was supposed to like because my peers were reading them. At one point, I felt like I just didn’t care about the people in the book or what happened to them. I thought that there was something wrong with me and that I didn’t fit in. I was right on all accounts, but I did not know what a good thing that was until later. I did set out to find books I did care about.
    I would tell you the truth about Fonzie but I would not want to rob you of the joy of discovery and wonder.

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